| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:17 PM
What's in a name? If you're a Chicagoan and your surname is Capone, everything. There is perhaps no more notorious name associated with the city (except perhaps Gacy, or for a time, Bartman). Growing up, Deirdre Marie Capone lived what she calls a "shame-...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 9:57 AM
Here’s a look back at a few of the Chicago area’s most famous prisoner escapes:
Multiple escapes from Camp Douglas during Civil War era
Chicago’s Camp Douglas was built as a training spot for Union soldiers in the Civil War but was...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Last Sunday, our church honored the peace candle of Advent; but the events in Newtown nine days ago make us wonder whether we'll ever experience such peace.
There is little comfort we can offer those families that will replace their sorrow and the...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:14 PM
As historic types, Chicago aldermen do not lack for color. But despite the height of the bar for eccentricity on the City of Chicago's council, Ald. John Coughlin vaults over it with ease. In his time around the turn of the last century — a time...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
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What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 2:09 PM
There were eight teams of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, each armed with a large pad of paper, a marker and everything they could remember about 20 books they had read.
Finalists who had been reading and practicing since November faced one another in...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 4:24 PM
On Buzz Feed's list of the 30 Happiest Facts of All Time, number 24 is that a ape was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend.
We wanted to find out if that's true, and wouldn't you know it -- back in the early 1900's an ape did...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Proving once again that anything can be made into a reality TV series, REELZ Channel announced Wednesday that Al Capone's descendants will be the centerpiece of a new docuseries.
"The Capones" will debut this fall and stars Dom and Dawn Capone, owners of...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 8:04 AM
Watch enough new foreign films in a row, and certain things start to stand out. Like the incredible variety of cellphone ring tones used in other countries. They're familiar but just different enough to break your concentration for a moment, like a...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 7:55 AM
Paul "Doc" Dockter
Found at: Oliver's Taverne (Essex)
What does your dream bar look like?
Old, rustic, comfortable. A bar much like one from a pub in Ireland.
Why are Dark and Stormy's so popular at the shoreline?
You almost have to be...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Mike Piazza, who looked so good in pinstripes during his half-hour as a member of the then-Florida Marlins, will put on similarly fashionable stripes when he takes the stage May 3 in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Mike Piazza, the former major league baseball player, is taking on an unconventional post-retirement job. The athlete is teaming up with Miami City Ballet and will perform a role in the company's production of George Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth...